Phyllis Costanza was appointed CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation in June 2011. Prior to this, she was Director of Leverage at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a UK-based non-profit philanthropic organization focused on improving the lives of children living in poverty in developing countries. She also served as a CIFF board member for eight years.
Prior to CIFF, Ms Costanza worked for 10 years as a management consultant advising clients in both health care and non-profit arenas. She also worked in the public sector as the Manhattan Representative for New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, advising on policy and politics in Manhattan.
Ms Costanza received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Miami University (Ohio).